Killylevin, County Tyrone
perhaps Ir. Coill an Leamhain ‘wood of the elm’
As always with the element kill in place-names, without some corroborative evidence, it is virtually impossible to state with certainty whether it refers to coill ‘wood’ or cill ‘church, churchyard’. However, one would generally expect to find some historical references to a church or burial ground in the area had there been such, and in Killylevin, there are none.
While the form assigned to John O’Donovan suggests a family name for the qualifier. It is more likely that the -y- component of the contemporary name can be attributed to the dative form of coill, coillidh, or more likely to the definite article an (cf.Killalevin, Killaleavin, Killaleavyn above).
Having explained this medial syllable, the most probable explanation of the final element is leamhan ‘elm’, in the original form Coill an Leamhain ‘wood of the elm’, comparable to Baile an Leamhain ‘townland of the elm’ which appears as Ballylevin in Cos Donegal and Offaly (logainm.ie).
Historical name form
|Old Form||Ref. Date||Reference|
|Killolevin||1610||CPR Jas I 187a|
|Killalevin||1614||Inq. Ult. (Tyrone) $2 Jac. I|
|Killalevin||1618||CPR Jas I 392b|
|Killolevin||1618||CPR Jas I 392b|
|Killaleavin||1619||Inq. Ult. (Tyrone) $4 Jac. I|
|Killaleavyn||1621||CPR Jas I 536a|
|Collolevian||1655c||Civ. Surv. 278|
|(?)Killikenen||1666||HMR Tyr. (2) 241|
|(?)Killyleavin||1834c||Map in poss. S. Crawford (OSNB) 7|
|Kililevan||1834c||OSNB: gen. sources 7|
|Killolevin||1834c||OSNB: gen. sources 7|
|~Coill Ui Leibhin/O''Levine''s Wood||1835c||J O'D (OSNB) 7|
|~Coill Ui Leibhin ""Levin''s wood""||1936||TNCT 39|
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